River Island Lace Top

I blogged earlier in the year about my newly restored love for River Island. Going to be honest it took some convincing as their site makes me nervous with all the bangles and tummy-bearing neon stuff. If it wasn't for ASOS' well edited select (here) there is absolutely no way I'd have stumbled upon some of the things I've found. In truth, I'd forgotten I'd shot these photos as it all got a bit crazy before Zanzibar. Then yesterday I walking down South Molton Street (obviously) and saw a top in the window of Browns that - no joke - is exactly the same as this River Island one, but £755. Win.

I'm so glad I saw the designer version yesterday as it's reminded me to get this out of the ironing pile and get wearing it again. It's one of those tops that gets the "oooh where's your top from?" and when you say River Island people are really, really surprised. As was I. I didn't actually know it was from them until I saw the tag when it arrived (it may have been another *late night* ASOS order - the best kind). I picked it because it hides all the sins associated with a failed Spring diet and fitness regime, and is light enough to wear right through summer. If you wear it with smarter trousers, it could totally work for the office too... (it does come with a matching skirt here, should you so wish).

I thought I'd share a few other things I've found from the brand given it's been such a success for me this season. I bought this shirt to try it out, everyone went nuts for the Monsoon one a few months ago and this one is £30 cheaper. Have to say it's very, very good. The fit is actually a lot more flattering on me, I found the Monsoon one made me feel very busty (which I'm not) and I prefer the light blue colour of this. As another alternative to the one the masses went for, instead of the Topshop  version this skirt fitted me and my hips much better and looks great with all my tops and tees. 

One thing that River Island have always done well is jumpsuits. This one is great and comes in a few colours, I went for white so I could wear it both for work and play. Dress wise they've got some absolute crackers for summer; this black and white ruffle dress is amazing for £35 and this denim one is incredible - the neck line is so, so flattering for shapes like mine (really slims your arms). Lastly, this dress is a gorgeous option for a celebration - it's incredibly similar to a Whistles one (which was £250) a couple of years ago).

Also don't assume you need to be a teenager to wear their swimwear. I've bought this bikini in my usual size and it's bl**dy lush.

The jeans are the same ones I've been wearing in all my pics recently, from Dr Denim. They seem to sell out really quick on ASOS but at the time of writing they had them in all major sizes, here. Sizes wise I took my usual size, they were incredibly tight when I first put them on and then eased up after an hour or so. If you want to see other styles from the brand, Emma is wearing a lot of them right now too - in fact it was seeing her in them that lead me to make the purchase in the first place.

One other thing, the shoes. A few of you may have seen my shoe sale edit but I forgot to include these which was really silly as they've been my hero purchase of the year so far. They're from L.K.Bennett and I first spotted them at their press day a few months before they went online. They're now £100 and I promise you they'll last you a long, long time. I've worn mine constantly since they arrived. Find them (also in taupe) here.

Photos by Amelia Allen Photography, here.

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